Missouri's festival season is one fun time after another, with imaginable appeal to sight and sound, taste and joy. But I challenge you to find any event anywhere that simply smells as wonderful as the Kimmswick Apple Butter Festival.
It's the first thing to strike you as you arrive at this huge festival (more than 100,000 people attend each year) - the aroma of slow-cooking apples and carmelizing sugar, prepared by the Kimmswick Historical Society. Is your mouth watering yet?
The festival is October 27-28, running 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. each day. Get there early. They close the streets so you can wander the town on foot, exploring tents that line the streets. That can mean some traffic and parking challenges, but there's a shuttle that runs from parking at Windsor School and the apple butter alone is worth the effort.
The Kimmswick Apple Butter Festival hearkens back to a time when whole communities gathered after the harvest to make apple butter for the year - but adds in all the color, fun, shopping and entertainment of the best of Missouri festivals. Charming shops are open for browsing, vendor booths offer a variety of craft and food items, and live entertainment is provided to make sure all your senses are indulged.
If you have the chance, be sure to stop in at the Blue Owl for a piece of their famous Levee High Apple Pie or other delicious extravagance.
So clear out some space in your pantry, put on your most comfortable walking shoes and enjoy a fabulous crisp fall day stocking up on one of the state's finest products at one of its finest festivals.